Police Clearance: Online Application & Requirements in the Philippines

Last Updated – May 25, 2020 @ 6:28 pm

What is a Police Clearance?

A National Police Clearance essentially certifies that the holder has no criminal or any otherwise derogatory record based on the Philippine National Police (PNP) database. The document is often among the pre-employment requirements applicants are required to submit. 

In some cases, such as in applications for credit cards and National Bureau of Investigation clearance, it is honored as a valid ID.

However, this does not apply when it comes to COMELEC voter’s registration and Department of Foreign Affairs passport renewal/application. 

The document is valid for six months upon issuance. 

Police Clearance Requirements

To apply for a police clearance, you need to present two valid IDs. These can be any of the following:

The two IDs presented should:

  • Original (not photocopied)
  • Not be expired
  • Bears the applicant’s complete name, clear photo, and signature

Note: If you only have one valid ID, you can present this along with a certified true copy of your birth certificate (with original official receipt). 

The police clearance fee is P160.

How to Apply for a Police Clearance Online

In August of 2018, the PNP launched the National Police Clearance System (NPCS) – an online service that allows Filipinos nationwide to secure a police clearance in just 10 minutes.

However, applicants will still have to make a personal at a police station to register their biometrics.

Here’s how to go about applying online:

Step 1: Register for an online account

Visit PNPClearance.ph. If you’re a first-time applicant, click the “Register” button and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Click on the “Next” button until you reach the last page where the “Agree” button is. 

Input all the required information in the “New Applicant Registration” box. Once you check the “Terms and Conditions” box, click the “Register” button. 

You’ll then receive a confirmation email from the NPCS. If you can’t find the email in your inbox, check your spam folder.

The email will contain a link to verify your account. When you click the verification link, you’ll be taken to the log-in page of the NPCS website. 

Step 2: Set an appointment  

Sign in to your account using your registered email address. It’s important to note that before you can set an appointment, you need to edit your profile first.

To do this, you’ll need to click the “Edit Profile” button and accomplish the online form. When you’re done, click the “Save Profile” button. 

Then, click the “Clearance Application” button and select the police station closest to you. Then, choose from the list of available schedules and click “Next.”

Click the “Land Bank of the Philippines” button, then “Save Appointment.”

This will show you the payment details. Take note of the reference number provided as this will be used for the police clearance fee payment. 

Step 3: Pay for the Police Clearance

Click the “Pay to LANDBANK” button. This will take you to the LBP ePayment Portal.

You can pay the fee using your Landbank, GCash, or BancNet account. 

Step 4: Go to your selected police station

On your scheduled appointment, you’ll need to bring your two valid IDs, reference number, and official receipt of your police clearance payment. 

Once there, you’ll have your biometrics captured, along with your photo, fingerprints, and digital signature. Then, you’ll need to wait a few minutes as the police officer verifies your records on the PNP database. 

Should your name get a hit, you’ll need to undergo another verification process. Once you get through that, you can claim your police clearance. 

Philippine National Police Clearance FAQs

How soon do I need to pay the police clearance fee?

You need to pay the fee within two banking days. Otherwise, your transaction will be canceled. 

If I already paid and want to cancel my transaction, can I get a refund?

No. 

What happens if I can’t make it on my appointment date?

You’ll need to schedule and pay again as both the appointment and the payment are forfeited. 

What if there are errors on the document?

You’ll need to correct your data on the website and go through the application process again so be mindful of the information you provide.  

About TJ Ibay

TJ is the lead editor of Grit PH.

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  1. Grace Dichoso says

    Sir/Maam,
    Regarding police clearance, pwede po bang yung pArent po ang magparenew ng police clearance ng anak ko para hindi na po lumabas yung bata.

  2. Hedra Lodesong says

    My son is 21 years old and a high school graduate few years back. He wants to have a work now. Police clearance is one of the requirements every time he applies for a job. But his only ID is his birth certificate. What will he do?

    • Angela says

      Hi, does the Transaction status change when you’ve already paid? Mine says “Pending” still even if I’ve already paid via 7-11.

      • Christine Joy Baruelo says

        Pwede pong NBI muna Ang unahin nyang kunin . Kase po pwede po sa NBI Ang birth certificate as valid ID. Then saka na po sya kumuha Ng iba pang requirements at NBI na po Ang gawin nyang valid ID .

  3. KingMonching says

    Pag first time job seeker di po ba free? Bakit po nakaindicate sa pag apply ng Police Clearance ang payment sa kanilang site, and you need to click it to be able to proceed the transaction. Samantalang may iki-click naman doon na “first time job-seeker”. Ignore ko na lang ba yung payment and proceed sa Police Station on the scheduled date or kailangan ko pa ring bayaran para may maipakita akong resibo?

    • Maria Lourdes S. Lopez says

      I need a police & NBI clearance from 1971-2020, a requirement for my petition. I Lived in different cities in Metro Manila during this time. How do I go about this matter?

      Please reply.

    • Megz says

      What if Birth Certificate pa lang talaga ung meron? Kasi applying and waiting pa lang din po sa ibang ID’s? Less hassle kasing makakuha ng police clearance ID unlike sa iba na ang tagal makukuha.

      • Christine Joy Baruelo says

        Mas ok po Kung kukuha ka muna Ng NBI Lalo na Kung birth certificate pa Lang Ang valid ID na merun ka . Same day makukuha mo din nmn po sya. Then saka kana kumuha Ng iba pang requirements.

  4. Eric Alijado says

    I already pay the police clearance through 7-11 with MYEGPH..is that okay..but said that it has yo pay tru Gcash or Bancnet

  5. Maria Lourdes Lopez says

    Hi,
    I need a Police & NBI clearance from 1971-2020 for my petition. I lived in four different cities during those years. How do I go about this matter?

    Please reply.

  6. ceb says

    trying to settle my payment transaction nagtaasan na kame ng boses nung cashier.. land bank lang merong choices nagmukha akong anga anga kanina maski sa mismong land bank saan po ba doon kase makikita yung “others”? wala naman talaga kase.. so yung mga may access lang tru online bank ng land bank makakabayad? anyare system?

  7. Dave says

    Sinunod ko lahat ng instructions hanggang sa payment. Pero ang nakakalungkot… nung magpunta ako sa branch (Cainta) na inaapplyan ko. Hindi daw sila nagpa-process ng online transaction. Pasig at Marikina lang daw ang meron. Sana man lang, hindi na lang nilagay sa options yung Cainta Police Station kung hindi naman talaga nag-aasikaso ng ganito. Sayang ang pera (₱180) at pagod.

  8. Dianne says

    Kapag po na first time job seeker, barangay certificatne na lang ang ipapakita imbis na receipt?
    Nagtanong din po kasi ako sa email nila pero bumalik lang akin email ko kasi either wala daw na ganoong email add or Hindi sila tumatanggap na email.
    Asking for confirmation lang po thanks.

  9. Rhodes says

    If I am going to avail for the RA11261, am I still going to pay for the fee or I’ll just go straight to the PS?

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